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NW Native CDFI Summit – Event Speakers

The 2022 Native CDFI Summit is becoming the kick-off event of the season.

We want to welcome those who have registered and we are looking forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon April 26 & 27.  (If you have not already registered there still may be some space open. Although we have a 50 person limit so do it soon as it is filling up. Register Here) We are looking forward to some great topics of training for the finance side, programmatic side and administrative sides of your Native CDFI. The NNDF and NNLN has worked to gather knowledgeable speakers who are sure to provide attendees with information and ideas to “bring back home.”

Here are just SOME of the speakers at the upcoming Summit:

Ted Piccolo

Be Fearless! Ted will talk about how Native CDFIs are uniquely positioned to build and serve our Native Communities. Ted is the founding Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF). Ted has grown the NNDF from creation to over $11 million in assets. He is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of Opportunity Finance and the CDFI Coalition. He is formerly Board Chairman of the Native CDFI Network and Board Director of ONABEN

Amber Shulz-Oliver

As a clear leader in bringing people together, Amber will emcee and host the NNLN opening reception.Amber is an American Indian (Celilo/ Yakama Descendant) & Oregonian.  As Executive Director of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corporation (ATNI-EDC), she is dedicated to assisting ATNI Member fulfill their economic development goals and priorities. ATNI-EDC has a subsidiary organization, ATNI Financial Services, that is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and provides loans to Native American entrepreneurs that may not otherwise be able to obtain financing. Amber serves as the President of the Potlatch Fund, Co-Chair of newly established Nch’I Wana Housing, and as board members of the Oregon Growth Board, and on the advisory boards of Ecotrust Community Development Entity, and Ecotrust Investments.

Deb Guttormsen

Oh for the love of balance sheets! And more. Join Deb with her humor and wit and of course depth of knowledge to strengthen your teams ability to understand and manage CDFI financials.
Deb was formerly the controller for the Northwest Native Development Fund. Seeing company growth from below a million dollars to over $5 million in assets. She has been a highly sought after CDFI accounting consultant in the Northwest since 2015. Mrs. Guttormsen has over 20 years in the accounting field in both for-profit and non-profit enterprises.

Best of all, she LOVES balance sheets!

Mark Bowman

Get your loan portfolios in order!
Mark is the Sustainable Agricultural Coordinator for North Olympic Development Council (NODC).    Additionally, Mark manages several consulting contracts through NODC helping non-profit loan funds train lending staff, work through credits, and strategic planning.  Prior to joining NODC, he was a rural economic development and lending consultant for 7 years having worked with 14 small businesses, non-profits, Native CDFI’s and farmers. Agricultural, rural business, and first nations’ lending was his focus for 17 years with the Farm Credit System and Craft3.

Casey Pearlman

Intentional Networking!
Casey is the Business Development Specialist at ATNI-EDC. She is an Inupiaq descendant and the Business Development Specialist here at ATNI-EDC. She identifies as an ‘entrepreneur enthusiast’ and is thrilled to serve Native businesses and support their growth. She looks forward to connecting with this vibrant community and exploring how we can strengthen our businesses and economies collaboratively and achieve our collective goals.

Heather Rademacher-Taylor

Service and coaching, and service, and classes, and service! Heather works as the Director of Programs at First Nations Oweesta Corporation, where she manages the programs department, projects and grants, provides training and technical assistance to Native CDFIs, Native nonprofits, and Tribes.